SoftSide Magazine Issue 51 (Alternatives to BASIC) (December 1982). Alternatives to BASIC (This exploration of the most popular languages available for microcomputers today, with comparisons to BASIC, reaches an interesting conclusion.) - Allen L. Wold, The US Festival — Rock Show or Technology Fair (It was touted as a blend of technology fair and rock music extravaganza. Did it live up to its advance billing?) - Virginia Lyons, Review of Starting FORTH - Peter J. Favaro, Editorial, Input/Output, Hints and Enhancements, Bugs, Worms & Other Undesirables, General Information (Concerning SoftSide Line Listings, SWAT and Media Versions), New Products, Dealer List, Market/Side, Advertisers Index, Machine Head, DATA BASE (Translation by Fred Condo. Now for the IBM PC — Developing Data Base gives PC users a convenient tool for keeping myriads of lists and data under control.) (PC) - Mark Pelczarski, OPERATION SABOTAGE (Translation by Fred Condo and Kerry Shetline. Your mission — paralyze the alien power which threatens the earth by destroying their base on Mars and stealing their plans for a powerful defense shield.) (PC) - Ray Sato, POKEY PLAYER II (This enhancement allows you to play music in the background while the BASIC program RUNS. Also — an exciting musical example.) (Atari) - Craig Chamberlain, MUNCHKIN ATTACK (Avoid the hungry creatures determined to gobble you up, as you try to devour a yellow dot. Will you be able to turn the tables on your pursuers?) (Atari) - David N. Plotkin, Enhanced Disk Version - ATARI fig-FORTH (Enter the exciting world of FORTH through this interactive tutorial. Then, start programming with the language — included on the disk!) (Atari) - H. E Striepe, Review of VALFORTH FOR THE ATARI (Atari) - Sheldon Leemon, Review of AN OVERVIEW OF ATARI PASCAL (Atari) - Jeannine M. Giffee, ATLANTIS (The ancient civilization of Atlantis is under seige. As the gunner manning the neutralizers against the enemy's weapons, the population's survival depends on your steady hand.) (Apple) - Michael Newman, MASTER BLASTER (Use your powerful laser to destroy the attacking aliens before they break through the deflector screens protecting your planet.) (Apple) - Steven Wong, Enhanced Disk Version - FORTRESS (You man the last surviving fortress in the Mars defense line. The aliens are attacking! Can you hold your own against the marauding enemy?) (Apple) - Ronald Azuma, Review of LOGO — THE PROGRAMMER FRIENDLY LANGUAGE (Apple) - Steve Birchall, Review of APPLE LOGO (book) (Apple) - Steve Birchall, Review of ALDS II (Apple) - Cary Bradley, SPACE FIRE (Space intruders threaten your planet. You must fight back with your steerable missiles.) (S-80) - Bruce Forstall and David Henderson, FLIP-TAG (Are you the pursuer or the pursued? You're never sure when the computer is going to turn the tables on you in this adaptation of a popular children's game.) (S-80) - Thomas Hanlin III, Enhanced Disk Version - APL 80 (APL has been called "the elegant computer language." You'll find out why with this implementation of the language for both Models I and III. We've even included a valuable series of lessons.) (S-80) - Phelps Gates, Review of PASCAL 80 (S-80) - J. B. Harrell III.